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execeval - a


The exec and eval commands can be used to run Kakoune commands, and should be used as follows:

exec [<flags>] <key> ...
eval [<flags>] <command> ...

exec runs keys as if they were pressed, whereas eval executes its given parameters as if they were entered in the command prompt. By default, their execution happens within the context of the current client, and stops when the last key/command is reached, or an error is raised.

These two commands also save the following registers, who are then restored when the commands have been executed: /, ", |, ^, @.


-client <name>

execute in the context of the client named name

-try-client <name>

execute in the context of the client named name if such client exists, or else in the current context


execute in a copy of the context of the selected client. Modifications to the selections or input state will not affect the client. This allows making some modification to the buffer without modifying the user’s selection

-itersel (requires -draft)

execute once per selection, in a context with only the considered selection. This allows one to avoid cases where the selections may get merged

-buffer <names>

execute in the context of each buffers in the comma separated list names, as a name can be used to iterate on all buffers


disable hook execution while executing the keys/commands


use user key mapping in instead of built in keys (exec only)

-save-regs <regs>

regs is a string of registers to be restored after execution (overwrites the list of registers saved by default, c.f. description)